This blog post is to inform you what astrology is and what it is not.

Astrology is the ancient art of watching the movement of planets and stars around the zodiac. People have been looking to the heavens and making meaning out of the sky since the beginning of human history.

Most people who dismiss astrology know nothing about how it really works. Before I had my chart read by a professional astrologer, I was skeptical too. When people do not understand something, there is a tendency to be judgmental and say it’s “crazy” or “meaningless”. We formulate beliefs even when we do not have all the facts.

“It is impossible for anyone to begin to learn what he thinks he already knows.”

-Epictetus (AD 55-AD 135)

Astrology is not a faith. You can experience it, observe it, and know how it applies first hand.

For the people who say it is nonsense, I want to challenge this. Do you believe in a regular calendar that adheres to the 365 day rotation of the Sun? Do you acknowledge the 28 day cycle of the moon? Do you feel a difference when the days are shorter in the winter or longer in the summer? Does your mood or a friend’s mood shift when the moon is full? This is astrology, even if only the Sun and the Moon! Astrology is recognizes the placement of all of the planets and other important celestial bodies.

When people hear that I practice astrology, I get questions such as, “Will I meet the love of my life this year?” “Should I take this job?” “When am I going to die?” “Is my partner my soul mate?”

Specialized types of astrologers predict events or answer specific questions. These are called electional astrology or horary astrology. Some practitioners can be overly confident in their predictions and actually cause more confusion in people’s lives.

This is not how I practice. I do not predict the future or give explicit advice. 

As a practitioner, I look at your individual birth chart, a snap shot of the planets and signs at the particular moment you were born. Your birth chart displays the unique placement of planets, signs, and houses and the aspects between them. Each element has a symbolic meaning, and you have your own style of living this out.

Your chart is a coded map, not a literal list of events waiting to take place. Astrology identifies themes in your life. No one can determine your exact destiny by looking at your chart. You do, however, have free will, and the more conscious you become, the more freedom you have in creating your own future.

Learning the symbols and meanings in my birth chart has allowed me to understand myself in ways I never thought possible.

Realizing the challenges of certain aspects, such as Saturn opposite my Moon, immediately showed me that I am not “crazy”, which was what I always labeled myself. Accepting the impact of how each planet relates to another, gives me the chance to work with my mental habits in a new way.

Your birth chart is a blue print. Learning your chart brings immense clarity, uncovers your inherent personality and, gives you the energy to grow spiritually. If you are in a time of transition or uncertainty, a reading can help you gain clarity and direction.

“We are born at a given moment, in a given place and, like vintage years of wine, we have the qualities of the year and of the season of which we are born. Astrology does not lay claim to anything more.”

-Carl Jung